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As relevant now as then.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 02, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Music, Stupidity, 1950's, Cars

Rare Instance of VW Beetle Seeming Sexy

Romance over practicality? What were they thinking?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 28, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Sex Symbols, 1950's, Europe, Cars

Windmill Car


Ecowarriors love 1) electric cars and 2) wind turbines. A stroke of genius to combine the two!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 24, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Environmentalism and Ecology, 1940's, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #249

Hey, buddy: those pallets aren't gonna stack themselves! And, lady, those clothes aren't gonna pin themselves to the line!

Seriously, does hubby even have a job after dashing out of work in the middle of the day?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Work and Vocational Training, Husbands, Wives, 1960's, Cars

Tax Per Mile

Oregon is running a voluntary per mile travel tax instead of the current per gallon standard. The volunteers do not have to pay the gas tax while participating in the study.
Does anyone really believe the gas tax will go away if the per mile tax is enacted? Does any tax ever go away once it is put in place? So if this goes through we may as well expect both.
What a great way to control travel, especially for the poor. This idea is a greater threat to personal liberty than the Patriot Act. It is much easier to control a non-moving populace.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed May 20, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Government, Regulations, Law, Motor Vehicles, Cars, More Things To Worry About

Bird in radiator grille

A person driving to work in Echuca, Australia accidentally hit a corella bird. They thought it had bounced off the car, so they continued on to work. Only to discover that the bird had somehow gotten wedged behind the radiator grille. It was alive, with only an injured leg.

I find the physics of this a bit baffling. How exactly did a bird of that size get through the grille?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 22, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #246


From Playboy for June 1973.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 13, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970's, Women, Cars

Woodrow Wilson on the Make


[Click caption for readability]

No escape from the media, even in 1915, as President Wilson courts Edith Galt.

Original photo here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 25, 2015 | Comments (0)
Category: Government, Politics, Husbands, Wives, 1910's, Cars

Cameras In Rentals Hertz Business

Hertz has installed cameras that are able to view the interior of the vehicle in a portion of its fleet and many customers are upset. The company claims the cameras have never been used but they put out a commercial showing how handy the device could be in case of an accident. A representative for the company claims that was a 'mock up'. A mock up? In advertising, really? That kind of behavior; advertising a feature that is not available OR stating the cameras had never been used when they had been, because only one of those statements can be true, makes one wonder if camera use would be disclosed in the future. The book 1984 wasn't even close, there won't be just one big brother watching.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Mar 16, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Video, Can't Possibly Be True, More Things To Worry About, Cars

Ken Carter, The Mad Canadian

The Mad Canadian by Robert Fortier, National Film Board of Canada

Life ended as you might have expected for Ken Carter.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 08, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, 1980's, Cars
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